We are thrilled to announce that Nisha Chaudry, a long-time ReSurge volunteer and supporter, will be one of the speakers at our Transformations Gala coming up on November 9 at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.
Nisha, a volunteer since 2008, was born in India and grew up in nearby San Mateo County from age 11. Despite a demanding work schedule as CFO of Crown Electric, Inc., in San Francisco, and as a part-time customer service supervisor for Alaska Airlines, Nisha has remained firmly committed to ReSurge over the last five years.
After her most recent trip to India with ReSurge earlier this year, Nisha wrote an article for Alaska Airlines' employee newsletter about the experience. Read an excerpt of the story below to learn more about this valued ReSurge supporter.
And if you haven't gotten tickets yet for the Transformations Gala, be sure to register today. You won't want to miss it!
As a customer service agent for Alaska Airlines, I’m used to being the person who issues plane tickets to nervous and excited travelers. Yet, there I was, on the opposite side of the counter, having my ticket issued as I tightly gripped my carry-on bag and prepared to embark on my second humanitarian journey.
When I first visited Dehradun, India, in 2009 as a volunteer for ReSurge, the experience changed my life.
Dehradun is a beautiful city, tucked away in the base of the Himalaya Mountains. The need for medical care for burn survivors there is tremendous. In India, poor families use open fires to cook, heat and light their homes; unfortunately, accidents are commonplace. Burns are the third leading cause of death for young women and girls (15-49) in India.
My job as the coordinator/translator for the team was to facilitate communication between the medical personnel and the patients. In my role, I learned their stories and developed a deep bond with our patients and their families.
Since then, I ad been looking forward to volunteering in Dehradun again because I wanted the opportunity to revisit the patients our team treated. I had often wondered how our former patients’ lives had changed since our initial visit. So, as my flight towards Dehradun took off, I could hardly wait to be reunited with our former patients.
Once in Dehradun, my wishes became a reality as many of our former patients returned to share how they were doing. After talking to a few of them, I couldn’t help but notice how much happier they all appear. It was wonderful to see how they are all looking forward to living out their lives.
After my first trip to Dehradun, I did not fully understand how the surgeries our team provided would make a difference. Four years later, seeing the impact of those surgeries was immensely gratifying.